2 people hit by motorcycle in Novato


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In the San Marin neighborhood of Novato around 8:45 p.m., a father and his 9-year-old daughter were hit in a crosswalk.

Many neighbors were in tears after the accident occurred and heard the accident happen due to the loud noise. There was at least one witness who saw it happen. He says he stopped at the corner of San Marin Drive and San Carlos Way to let a father and his daughter cross the four-lane road.

The witness said the girl was smiling, holding her father's hand and that's when he heard the sound of a motorcycle coming down the road at a high rate of speed. He said just as he saw the father and daughter walk by his car, the motorcycle blew the stop sign, and slammed right into them.

"He never slowed down, never hit his breaks, never took his hand off the gas and ran right into him. He just head-on just nailed them and then he lost control of his bike and the bike skidded all the way down the street. There were sparks everywhere. By that time, I jumped out of the car and started calling 911 and some people started coming out of their houses, calling 911, and a lady brought out some blankets," said Brad Starks witness.

Novato police confirm the father was 41 years old and was airlifted to Santa Rosa Hospital. His 9-year-old daughter is in critical condition. Rescue workers had to stabilize the girl's airway before sending her to Children's Hospital of Oakland.

The motorcycle driver and his Harley skidded more than 100 yards down San Marin Drive. He had minor injuries and was released late Wednesday night.

The tragic scene had lots of debris scattered all over the road which caused the accident investigation to carry late into the night.

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